NHL Plays will highlight the best and the most underrated daily fantasy options among forwards, defensemen and goaltenders.
Please note, these players were chosen early in the day, so make sure to check Rotoworld’s player news for any lineup changes, injuries and potential changes in the crease for starting goaltenders.
Additionally, it is worth reminding everyone that FanDuel allows you to roster nine players (2C, 4W, 2D, 1G) with a salary cap of $55,000, while DraftKings has a cap of $50,000 for nine players (2C, 3W, 2D, 1G, 1UTIL) and Yahoo has a $200 budget for nine players (2C, 3W, 2D, 2G).
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There are 11 games on Saturday, but I’ll be focusing on the eight evening contests.
David Pastrnak (BOS) – W - $9,100 FanDuel, $8,400 DraftKings, $35 Yahoo
Pastrnak has only been held off the scoresheet once in his last seven games. He has five goals and 11 points over that span. He’s been one of the league’s top players with 43 goals and 84 points.
Steven Stamkos (TBL) – W - $8,600 FanDuel, $7,500 DraftKings, $29 Yahoo
Stamkos is on an incredible 13-game point streak. He’s scored 12 goals and 20 points over the course of that run. That gives him 29 goals and 64 points in 55 contests this season.
Nikita Kucherov (TBL) – W - $8,300 FanDuel, $7,900 DraftKings, $34 Yahoo
If you want to hedge on the Lightning, Kucherov has been just as hot as Stamkos recently. Kucherov is on a 15-game point streak, scoring 12 goals and 25 points over that span. He has 29 goals and 74 points in 59 games in 2019-20.
Mika Zibanejad (NYR) – C - $8,300 FanDuel, $7,600 DraftKings, $32 Yahoo
Zibanejad has recorded an incredible seven points in his last two games. He’s been hot for a while, recording at least a point in six straight games and 10 of his last 12 contests. That gives him 27 goals and 59 points in 47 games.
Sebastian Aho (CAR) – C - $8,100 FanDuel, $7,400 DraftKings, $28 Yahoo
Aho has found the back of the net in three straight games and is on an 11-game point streak. He’s recorded 11 goals and 17 points in 11 contests. He’s scored 35 goals and 58 points in 60 games in 2019-20. Before this campaign, his career-high in goals was 30, so this has been a big leap for him in that regard.
Patrice Bergeron (BOS) – C - $7,800 FanDuel, $7,200 DraftKings, $32 Yahoo
Bergeron is on a five-game goal scoring streak and a seven-game point streak. He’s up to 29 goals and 53 points in 53 contests this season. He’s also been reliable throughout the campaign. He’s only been held off the scoresheet in back-to-back games once this season and that was back in October.
Bargain Bin: Brad Marchand (BOS) - $7,700 FanDuel/$7,100 DraftKings/$29 Yahoo, Anze Kopitar (LAK) - $7,400 FanDuel/$5,200 DraftKings/$17 Yahoo, Jonathan Huberdeau (FLA) - $7,100 FanDuel/$6,600 DraftKings/$27 Yahoo, Andrei Svechnikov (CAR) - $6,700 FanDuel/$6,300 DraftKings/$23 Yahoo, Ryan Strome (NYR) - $5,600 FanDuel/$5,500 DraftKings/$17 Yahoo
Brent Burns (SJS) - $6,700 FanDuel, $7,300 DraftKings, $24 Yahoo
Burns has two goals and eight points in his last seven contests. He’s up to 12 goals and 41 points in 60 games in 2019-20. He’s in a four-way tie for ninth place in the blueliner scoring race.
Bargain Bin: Victor Hedman (TBL) - $6,100 FanDuel/$6,500 DraftKings/$24 Yahoo, Torey Krug (BOS) - $5,900 FanDuel/$5,600 DraftKings/$20 Yahoo, Tony DeAngelo (NYR) - $5,400 FanDuel/$4,900 DraftKings/$18 Yahoo
Elvis Merzlikins (CBJ) - $7,900 FanDuel, $7,200 DraftKings, $39 Yahoo
Merzlikins has been struggling lately and the Predators are not an ideal opponent, but I’m not particularly keen on the goaltending options tonight and at least Merzlikins is cheap in FanDuel and DraftKings. You could also argue that Columbus is due after losing seven straight games. Plus, despite his recent struggles, Merzlikins is having a good season with a 2.35 GAA and .922 save percentage in 30 games.